The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) has awarded the title of Heat Pump City of the Year 2012 to the municipality of Etten-Leur in the Netherlands.
The municipality, located close to Breda in the southwest of the Netherlands, introduced their first policy on sustainable building and energy savings back in 1980, and started their first heat pump project in 2002.
The prize was awarded for the project on the “zero-energy” neighbourhood called Schoenmakerhoek, which is one of the largest projects in the world of its kind.
Close to 1.000 dwellings have either already been constructed or are currently being constructed, most of which are served with individual closed loop ground source heat pumps.
This also includes some larger buildings, including the city hall and a school building.
Peter Wagener, Chairman of the Dutch Heat Pump Association, said: “This is a fantastic result for all Dutch heat pump supporters out there, and we will be sure to leverage it as much as we can, showing that heat pumps really are the future.”
The award was handed out to Mr Wagener during the 5th EHPA Heat Pump Forum in Milan on 8 May 2012 and will now be handed over to the City Council in Etten-Leur.